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Our Team

John and Jill Hoffman 

President and Vice-President

Favorite Grass: Carex plantaginea

Jill saw a huge mass of it growing in its native habitat in the mountains of North Carolina 20 years ago. She's loved it ever since.

John has too many favorites to name just one. We're still trying to pin him down on it.

Scott Epps

Nursery Manager

Favorite Grass: Panicum virgatum 'Dallas Blues'

Scott says Blue Switchgrass has great color, wide leaves, beautiful flowers, striking fall foliage, and looks great all winter long.

Magan Ellixson

Director of In-house Sales and Customer Service

Favorite Grass: Nassella tenuissima

Magan favors Mexican Feather Grass for its fine textured, lime green foliage. She also likes its versatility—it looks amazing planted in masses and can dress up a container.

Darren Barshaw

Director of Outside Sales

Favorite Grass: Schizachyrium scoparium 'Smoke Signal' PPAF

Darren likes the fact that Little Bluestems are tough as nails. 'Smoke Signal' is no different, but it's early, deep red coloring sets it apart. And, he says, it has a great habit.

Annie Saunders

Sales and Customer Service Representative

Favorite Grass: Carex divulsa

Annie likes Grassland Sedge for its neat habit and fine, deep green foliage. Because it can handle the dry shade under mature trees, it's one of her favorites to recommend for tough spots.

Shannon Currey

Marketing Director

Favorite Grass: Panicum virgatum 'Shenandoah'

Shannon says Red Switchgass is a beautiful, native grass that's tough and adaptable. She really loves the seed heads on Panicum and wishes she could capture them better in photographs.

Bill Hall

Head Grower

Favorite Grass: Panicum virgatum 'Northwind

Bill is a fan of 'Northwind'. He likes the dramatic look it brings to the landscape—strong, upright and vertical, with blue green foliage. It's also tough, sturdy, and a dependable performer. All this from a North American native puts Panicum 'Northwind' at the top Bill's list.

David Hoffman

Project Manager

Favorite Grass: Calamagrostis x acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'

David is partial to the architecture of Feather Reed Grass and to the color contrast between flowers and foliage. He says this grass complements any landscape as a specimen or in groups.

Scott Stirrup

Shipping Manager

Favorite Grass: Sporobolus heterolepis

Scott likes Prairie Dropseed because it looks like a Chia Pet in spring after it's been cut back. We're not sure that's the real reason, but that's his story, and he's sticking to it.

Martha Hamblin

Director of HR and Legal

Favorite Grass: Chasmanthium latifolium

Martha likes the texture and seasonal color variation of the seedheads. She also likes the way they move in a breeze. She grew up near the ocean, and River Oats remind her of the Sea Oats (Uniola paniculata) she loved as a child.

Joseph Luhn

Inventory Management/Programming Specialist

Favorite Grass: Panicum virgatum 'Summer Sunrise'

Joe likes this newest addition to our Switchgrass lineup for its vibrant green, two-toned foliage and versatile size. One side of the blade is darker than the other, which makes 'Summer Sunrise' especially cool in motion. He says you can use it almost anywhere as an accent without overpowering nearby plants. It also looks good in masses. "Best. Panicum. Ever."

Our team members make Hoffman Nursery a great place to work. We appreciate their hard work and commitment to high quality in everything they do.

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